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domestic violence Boy (3) taken into emergency care after mum's 'knife fight' with partner

Gardaí said the flat had drug paraphernalia lying around and was 'no place for a child'

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Dublin District Court

Dublin District Court

Dublin District Court

A three-year-old boy was taken into emergency care after gardaí found his mother lying unconscious beside a knife following a fight with her boyfriend, a court heard.

Gardaí said the flat had drug paraphernalia lying around and was "no place for a child."

The man, in his 30s, is charged with breaching a domestic violence order on August 25.

Judge Conal Gibbons granted bail and adjourned the case.

Objecting to bail, a garda told Dublin District Court he arrived to find the woman lying still on the bathroom floor with a knife beside her.

He had to rouse her and when she awoke, she said she had been in a fight with her boyfriend.

There had been a struggle and "knives were produced," she said. The accused had left the scene but was arrested later.

The garda had to invoke the Childcare Act so that the woman's three-year-old son could be taken into emergency care by Tusla.

The apartment had drug paraphernalia lying around, it "wasn't in a very good condition at all and was no place for a child to be living," he said.

The alleged victim told gardaí she was "afraid he would do something to her."

The accused "was the injured party in relation to the knife issue," and was wounded, his lawyer told the court. 

The judge granted bail on condition the accused stays away from the alleged victim and signs on at a garda station.

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